Haul & Review | Insider Beauty

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Today I am here with my tiny haul from InsiderBeauty when they had a sale about 1.5 weeks ago.  They were selling the oh-so-famous LeeJiHam's Tea Tree 90 Essence for $30 and had free shipping on orders $30 and more.  I thought I would take an advantage of this sale and try out the essence.  I purchased this right before I went on my spending ban, so I didn't break the ban!  Now I thought I would do a mini haul and a review of the customer service I received from InsiderBeauty.  

My package came with a little post card and all the items were wrapped neatly (unlike my attempt in the picture above) in a black tissue paper with a sticker of their logo in the center.  I was really impressed with the presentation.  

I was really surprised to find that not only was my product in a bubble wrap, they also took the time to gift wrap my product in a black tissue paper with their logo sticker.  I've ordered from many places online and have not had my products gift wrapped before, unless I specifically checked a box for that!

Now the packaging of the product was slightly damaged (bottom left corner) but that is definitely not their fault.  I'm pretty sure that happened during the transit and it's just the outside packaging that was damaged; the product inside was completely fine.  And let's be real, I'm only going to be keeping the packaging for the next few weeks until I start decluttering and throwing them away.  

Another thing I was really impressed with was the samples they included!  I know when you order Korean products from ebay sellers, you get a good amount of samples.  For some reason, I was not expecting to find any samples with my order and was completely surprised that they included some at the bottom of my package!  Now the samples that came with my order were:
  • Leaders Insolution Coconut Gel Mask with Broccoli
  • Primera Peeling Facial Mild sample
  • Su:m 37 Water-full Timeless Water Gel Cream sample
  • Primera Organience Emulsion sample

Now for the customer service part.  I placed the order Friday, July 31 in the morning and received a confirmation email within a few minutes.  Then I received a call with a number that I didn't recognize, so I didn't pick it up.  No voice mails were left but within a minute, I received an email from Angela saying that they've received my order but wanted me to call them back to verify some information before they can process my order because my card was flagged.  I called them back and they were so nice and asked me some questions to make sure I was the one who made that order.  

After we hung up, I received shipping confirmation within 5 minutes.  I was really impressed at how fast everything was being processed!  I have never received a shipment confirmation within 30 minutes of me placing an order before.  What was even more impressive was that I received the package, which was shipped to my sister... because I have asian parents who don't like it when I buy unnecessary things, on Monday, August 3!  The package was shipped from NY to CA over the weekend!

I am just completely impressed with InsiderBeauty, even though this review might not do them justice.  I would definitely recommend them to everyone who wants to try out Korean skincare and makeup products.  I will admit the selection of products they currently have is on the smaller side but I'm sure they'll expand with time.  

With that said, have you shopped from insiderbeauty before?  Also, what is your favorite place to buy Korean beauty and skincare products?

PS: Memebox is currently having a sale right now and LJH's Tea Tree Essence is $30 after the discount for those who want to try the essence as well!

Collective Haul: May, June, and July 215

Friday, August 7, 2015

Today I bring you one of my biggest haul I've ever posted on this blog, and hopefully it'll be one of a kind.  Since I took a mini-break from blogging end of May to July, I had been buying things and just have been collecting them for a collective haul post.  I will warn you, I did NOT go out and buy this in a day, in one shopping trip.  This is the result of 3 months worth of buying a little here and there. 

I'm playing around with this new photo editing program I got recently so you'll be seeing a bunch of differently edited pictures coming your way until I find a way that I'm happy with.  But I am so happy there is a white balance function in that program so now I can make my pictures have white backgrounds instead of that yellowish tinge I used to have.  Like usual with my hauls, I organized my products into different groups, and I'll start off with the smallest... random products.

Random products:
  • L'oreal Blow Dry It Quick Dry Primer Spray
  • Honest Co. Hand Sanitizer Spray

Skincare products:
  • Up&Up Eye Makeup Remover
  • Simple Cleansing Micellar Water
  • Sonia Kashuk Radiant Boost Restorative Facial Oil
  • Murad Rapid Results set
  • Garnier Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream
  • Boots Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay mask
  • Simple Eye Make-up Remover
  • Sephora Super Regenerating Oil-Serum

  • Up&Up Retractable Brush
  • Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponges

Nail products:
  • Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover
  • Trim Cuticle Sticks
  • Essie Gel-Setter set in Bahama Mama
  • Essie Nail Polish in Baby's Breath 
  • Sally Hansen Big Peel Off Base Coat

Lip products:
  • Revo Beauty 360 Lip Balm Sphere in Honey
  • Revo Beauty 360 Lip Balm Sphere in Strawberry
  • Maybelline Super Stay 14 Hour Lipstick 
  • YSL Volupte Tint-In-Oil in Cherry My Cherie
  • Sonia Kashuk Moisture Luxe Tinted Lip Balm in Hint of Berry
  • CO Bigelow Mentha Lip Balm Stick
  • CO Bigelow Mentha Lip Shine
  • Maybelline Color Elixir Iridescents Lip in Radiant Ruby
  • L'oreal Paris Colour Riche Lip Balm in Nourishing Nude

Another I wanted to mention is that these products were purchased before my 30 day spending ban.  So far I am on day 7 of my spending ban and I have to say I'm doing pretty well.  I haven't had any temptations to purchase things yet.

What are some of your favorite things you've purchased recently and how are you liking them?

Unboxing | Target Beauty Box: Back to College - Honor Roll

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Oh boy!  Has Target been rolling out with beauty boxes left and right recently?  Earlier last month, they came out with two back-to-school themed boxes and just earlier this week, they came out with yet another box!  Today, I have a slightly late unboxing of one of the boxes they came out with last month, their Back To College: Honor Roll box.  This is NOT their latest box that came out earlier this week!  I didn't get that box because I didn't want to buy it just for the sake of an unboxing post.

Anyways this time, the box is a bit taller and came with a bright neon green tissue paper instead of their classic red tissue paper.

I really appreciate how Target tells you everything that is included in their boxes before you purchase them.  It allows you to pick and choose which box you want, based on whether you would want any of the products included in that particular box.  I sort of wish other beauty boxes would do that, but that would take the surprise portion out of these beauty box subscriptions, but it'll definitely lead to less disappointed customers!  

The products included in this box are:
  • Burt's Bees White Tea Facial Wipes
  • Olay White Strawberry Body Wash
  • CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Primer
  • John Frieda Luxurious Volume 7-Day Treatment
  • Bathery Delicate Pouf
  • NYX Butter Gloss in Strawberry Parfait
  • Goody Ouchless Elastics
Overall, I am content with this box.  I am excited to try the CoverGirl Primer and the John Frieda treatment.  I can always use more body wash, which smells amazing!, and more hair ties.  And let's be honest, which girl wouldn't like more lip gloss?

I was just on the Target's website and searched for the beauty box and saw that they are coming out with another box in September, apparently full of their fall's must-haves.  I'm definitely excited to see what will be in that box and depending on how I feel about the items, I may or may not get one!

What is your favorite beauty subscriptions?

PS: I am doing pretty well on my 30 day spending ban, even though I'm only on day 5.  But so far, I'm done with 10% of the challenge!